I highly value education, but not everything you learned about alcoholism is proven…or true.  Over the years theories have fallen flat and new science has changed the scope of alcoholism recovery, but if you don’t educate yourself, you may fall prey to limited thinking on the matter.

There are many wonderful books about recovering from alcoholism. The following books and resources are some of my favorites and a great start to building your recovery foundation from a mind, body, spirit perspective – or holistic recovery and healing.

As with any addiction, there’s so much more to recovery than just stopping the addictive behavior. Recovery is a learned experience, and a practice of rediscovering your whole self – mind, body, and spirit. Begin journeying toward your sacred being by peeling back painful or egoic layers, digging deep, processing, forgiving, remembering, reprogramming, etc. from a physiological, social, and spiritual perspective.


Refuge Recovery

Buddhist teacher Noah Levine helps seekers go within for freedom and a more conscious, meditative awareness using the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and Eight Fold Path.

The Life Recovery Bible

For Christ followers, this is a wonderful recovery Bible based on the 12-step recovery model. 

Control Alcohol

You’ll love Annie Grace’s rawness in this book, learning why we drink, why society pushes us to drink, and help you get past the stigma associated with recovery.

Drinking: A Love Story

In this revealing and raw memoir, Caroline Knapp offers important insights about alcoholism and life itself – and how we can learn to cope with it sober. 

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Big Book was written by founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) Bill W. This is the backbone of the “twelve-step method” that is widely used to treat alcoholism and addiction.